Australia's Best Cycling Experiences

See the best of Australia on two wheels with these enticing bike rides through a range of gourmet regions and spectacular landscapes. Australia's Best Cycling Experiences
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Australia's Best Cycling Experiences

See the best of Australia on two wheels with these enticing bike rides through a range of gourmet regions and spectacular landscapes.


By Andrew Bain

Australia has an ever-expanding cycling network, ranging from city bike paths to multi-day mountain biking trails. Hire a bike or join a cycling tour and you can see some of our most alluring beaches, pedal deep into rainforest, or simply count off the calories before the next cellar door or café. 

RIESLING TRAIL, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Riesling trail is a 36 kilometre (22 mile) bike path that follows the course of a disused railway through the gorgeous Clare Valley wine region, 90 minutes drive north of the South Australian capital city of Adelaide. Connecting the towns of Auburn and Clare, the trail provides a gentle half-day ride with no climbs of note, and offers direct access to at least eight vineyards with cellar doors. Bike hire is available in Clare. 

ROTTNEST ISLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Join the locals on Rottnest Island, Australia's most bike-friendly island, 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) offshore from Perth. Roads ring the flat island, but all cars are banned, making it a cyclist's dream. A full cycling lap of Rottnest covers about 25 kilometres (16 miles), and the island has more than 60 inviting beaches. Two ferry services connect Rottnest Island to Perth, and both can arrange bike hire. Bikes can also be hired once you're on the island.

PEDAL TO PRODUCE, VICTORIA

Pedal to Produce is an interconnecting web of about 250 kilometres (155 miles) of bike trails through the wine and gourmet regions around the welcoming towns of Rutherglen, Beechworth, Milawa and Bright, three hours drive north of Melbourne. It's as simple as picking a section and cycling to discover farm gates, craft breweries, vineyards and providores. Bike hire is available in all major villages.

MT WELLINGTON DESCENT, TASMANIA

Let gravity do the work on Mount Wellington Descent, a pure downhill ride from the summit of Mount Wellington, the peak that dominates Tasmania's capital city, Hobart. On this guided ride, you will be driven by bus to the top of the mountain, 1270 metres (4165 feet) above the city, where you'll find a view across much of southern Tasmania. Supplied with a mountain bike, helmet and safety vest, you'll coast 21 kilometres (13 miles) back into the city, finishing among the colonial warehouses of historic Salamanca.

TASMANIA'S EAST COAST

The section of Tasmania's east coast between the island's two major cities (Hobart and Launceston) is Australia's most popular multi-day cycling route. The beaches are dazzling and towns are well spaced for each night's stop. Best of all, the effort of cycling presents the perfect excuse to indulge in Tasmania's excellent produce and wines in the cafés and vineyards along the way. Hire a bike in either city.

HIDDEN PEAKS TRAIL, QUEENSLAND

The Hidden Peaks Trail is a four day guided mountain bike ride in Queensland's rural Scenic Rim region, a one hour drive from the state capital, Brisbane. It combines effort with comfort, as each night is spent in luxury eco-accommodation with sumptuous meals. You'll be picked up in Brisbane and transported to the stylish Spicers Peak Lodge, from where the ride will take you into World Heritage-listed rainforest and mountains.

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